Yesterday I caught up with some Facebook feeds, and saw that there was yet another new Irish convention being announced. So as what normally happens, I jumped straight to /cgl/ to find the Irish bitching threads that usually crop up around the same time as things like this happen. Sure enough, there was a thread there; and sure enough, the usual bitching was too.
Unfortunately, the thread was deleted between yesterday and today, so I didn’t get a chance to post this as a reply to someone who was wondering about the state of all of the various fandom conventions in this country; so rather than let it go to waste, I’m just going to post it here.
I do need to point out that this is a viewpoint on all of the conventions on this island that I am aware of that cater to a fandom – be that anime, manga, video games, sci-fi, TV shows, film, or whatever else. I’m not making any reference to conventions that cater to traditional gaming only (such as Warpcon, Gaelcon etc.) because there’s nothing really to remark about them. All of this island’s gaming conventions are run similarly well, and they don’t have anything like the level of drama that happens with the fandom conventions.
- Akumakon – Petite, shy and very knowledgeable with great taste; but not many people visit her because she lives out in the sticks.
- Kaizoku Con – New kid on the block, no-one truly knows him properly yet.
- Potterfest/Pokécon – Weird autistic nerd who cares about one subject and one subject only. Many people try to pretend they don’t exist.
- Anime Dublin – Good lad who invites you all around to his free gaff for a day of craziness. All you need to do is bring the cheap booze.
- Aka-con – The one-night standee who tried to come to the family gathering to stir shit up in front of everyone, but failed miserably and slinked away without a trace.
- “Ireland Cosplay Con” – Gullible sucker who has taken too much advice from some very bad influences overseas.
- Q-Con – The master sensei. Knows everything there is to know, and does it all perfectly.
- Arcade Con – Jack of all trades, master of none. Completely and utterly self-obsessed, to the detriment of others.
- BroCon – Quiet lad who just wants to spend a weekend in the country with his mates enjoying what they love.
- Nom-Con – Originally Eirtakon’s spiteful ex-wife, but has just finished rehab so who knows...?
- MCM – Neighbourhood bully barging his way into affairs; letting people know of his existence by flashing the cash; does nothing to help everyone else; does it all for the money and the glory.
- Dublin Comic Con – Homegrown, born and bred lad with great passion, but far too popular for his own good sometimes.
- Eirtakon – The original knight in shining armour; but the armour’s become dull and worn, and the cracks are really starting to show.
- Otaku Con – Boozer who sneakily tries to join the gang; unreliable and lies through his teeth about everything.